6th Guards Rifle Corps

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The 6th Danube Guards Rifle Corps was a Rifle Corps of the Soviet Armed Forces during World War II. During the war it formed part of the 8th, 2nd Shock, 1st Guards, 46th, 37th, and 57th Armies.


The corps headquarters was formed on March 16, 1942, at Malaya Vishera on the basis for a continued advance in the Luban offensive.[1] In the corps initially included one infantry division and one airborne brigade, and the 42nd Guards Corps Artillery Regiment, which further supported the body is almost the entire war.

The corps was part of the 'operational army' from March 28, 1942 - October 13, 1942, and November 5, 1942 - May 9, 1945.

During the fighting in the Volkhov the corps did not see combat. In the summer, in anticipation of the Sinyavino offensive, building a number of new connections and relocated slightly to the north. In September 1942 the Corps was involved in the Sinyavino offensive. The Corps were put into action as part of the Leningrad massacre of on August 27, 1942. Offensive corps in the early days of developing successfully crossed the river black, body broke through the first line of defense at the junction 227th and 223rd infantry divisions, two days left on the approaches to the Sinyavino and 3rd Guards Rifle Division launched an attack on the labor camp № 5, 24th began moving to the lake Sinyavinskaya, and the 19th attack directly on Sinyavino. The corps was unsuccessful in making any further advance, and soon it was surrounded, and suffered heavy losses on September 27, 1942, derived from the achieved positions near Sinyavino. In October 1942, the Corps headquarters was transferred to Reserve of the Supreme High Command (Stavka Reserve).

Postwar, the 6th Guards Rifle Corps was moved to Romania along with the 57th Army. The 20th Guards Rifle Division became the 25th Guards Mechanized Division and was stationed at Giurgiu. The 61st Guards Rifle Division was stationed at Brănești. The 10th Guards Airborne Division became the 126th Guards Rifle Division and was stationed at Buda. In December 1946, the corps was disbanded, along with the 61st and 126th Guards Rifle Divisions.[2]


  1. ^ Alexei V. Isaev / History of the Second World War / offensive Marshal Shaposhnikov / "Valley of Death" of the 2nd Shock Army - Mysterious Country
  2. ^ Feskov et al 2013, p. 423
  • Feskov, V.I.; Golikov, V.I.; Kalashnikov, K.A.; Slugin, S.A. (2013). Вооруженные силы СССР после Второй Мировой войны: от Красной Армии к Советской [The Armed Forces of the USSR after World War II: From the Red Army to the Soviet: Part 1 Land Forces] (in Russian). Tomsk: Scientific and Technical Literature Publishing. ISBN 9785895035306.